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BT joins TalkTalk and Sky in introducing filtering by default following pressure from the PM

Court setback for catholic child welfare society

A Catholic child welfare society which may face a multi-million damages claim over abuse at a school failed today to offload some of the liability.

'At risk' children and elderly set to suffer as town hall cuts bite

Child protection and care for the elderly will be threatened by the savage squeeze on town hall funding, council chiefs warned yesterday.

Child protection centre row grows as more staff resign

The row over the Government's plan to merge the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) within a new National Crime Agency escalated yesterday, amid several more resignations andrecriminations.

Online child protection chief quits in protest at merger proposals

The head of Britain's online child protection agency has quit over government plans which would curtail the body's independence.

Rise in children in care since Baby P

The number of children in care has dramatically risen following the death of Baby Peter, official statistics showed yesterday.

Girl 'killed man in sex attack claim'

A teenage girl killed a "dirty paedophile" who she said had abused her, the Old Bailey heard.

Sara Payne hails rollout of protection scheme

The mother of schoolgirl Sarah Payne today applauded the introduction of a scheme that seeks to protect children from paedophiles in the county where her daughter was killed 10 years ago.

Baby P's mother denied inquest representation funding

Baby P's mother and her boyfriend have been denied public funding to be represented at any resumed inquest into the child's death, it was revealed today.

Third of councils ‘neglect child protection’

Children are at risk because local authorities are failing to safeguard them from sexual abuse, experts will warn this week.

Church's Child Protection Advisory Service

In yesterday's article, ' Catholic Britain rejoices,but abuse overshadows first state visit by Pope' (15 September 2010), we wrongly stated that the Church's Child Protection Advisory Service met survivor groups for abuse victims. In fact it was the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service which held these meetings and not the Church's Child Protection Advisory Service which is an independent organisation. We apologise for the error.

Girl, 14, sets off on belated solo round-the-world voyage

A 14-year-old Dutch sailor departed in secrecy from Portugal on Saturday on her quest to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, avoiding the media because her manager said she didn't want the attention.

Migrant limits hit child protection department

Vulnerable children could be left at risk because new Government migrant limits have made it even more difficult to fill social worker vacancies, it was claimed today.

Leading article: Blue language

What do "delivery", "safeguarding", "integrated working", "targeted services" and "ECM" have in common – aside from their leaden effect on the ear? They are among the expressions that the Education Secretary wants to ban from his department. And an excellent ambition it is, too. If Michael Gove has a bit of a blind spot where numbers are concerned – his attempts to slash the school buildings programme showed an imperfect command of the arithmetic – he seems admirably at home with words.

Leading article: Social workers need support

The shocking death of Khyra Ishaq, who starved after months of abuse at the hands of her mother and stepfather, has drawn attention once again to the failings of child protection services. Publication this week of the full serious case review into Khyra's death has revealed for the first time the extent of the communications failures and missed opportunities that contributed to the death of seven-year-old Khyra.

Teenager cleared to make solo trip around the world

A Dutch court cleared the way yesterday for the teenager Laura Dekker to try to become the youngest person to sail round the world solo, ending state supervision of the 14-year-old.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up